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Two injured at Patong construction site

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PATONG: Two construction workers were lucky to escape with their lives when the floor of a building they were working on suddenly collapsed on the afternoon of September 18.

Kathu Police Duty Officer Patak Khwunna, who was informed of the accident at about 12:20 pm, rushed to the scene with Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers.

The site of the floor collapse was a building under construction near the entrance of “Soi Tun” (literally, “Soi Dead End”), which will one day serve as the southern end of the still-under-construction Phang Muang Rd.

According to a worker who was not in the building at the time, the two workers were masons laying down a floor on the second level when the increasing weight of the concrete they were adding suddenly caused the metal support structure to collapse, Capt Patak said.

He identified the workers as 23-year-old Nakhon Phanom native Uthit Chamnanlert and Daeng Kanyaprasit, a 54-year-old from Petchaboon.

Both men, covered with wood and steel construction materials when rescue workers arrived, were taken to Patong Hospital.

Four days after the accident no parties had filed any police complaints in relation to the accident, he said.

However, Kathu Police plan to contact Patong Municipality to request a copy of the building permit to see if it the work was legally authorized, Capt Patak said.

Suppakorn Meetaew, an officer with the Patong City Planning section, told the Gazette by telephone on September 22 that he had just returned from a seminar and would look into the matter as soon as possible.

Jamrong Petchprasert, foreman of the Thavornkul Karnyotha Company, in charge of work at the project site, told the Gazette on September 23 that he was questioned by police about the accident.

Vibrations from a road roller used to compact soil at the project site might have been partially responsible for causing the collapse, he told police.

One of the workers suffered only a wound to his hand, while the other is still in hospital for treatment of a broken rib, he said.

Work on the project, a six-story building designed as a guest house for rent or sale, is back underway, he confirmed.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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